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Thing is the place needed new signage all around, more luxury boxes and a brand new concourse at the very least.  I think at that point a renovation would be almost the same cost as building a new arena.

 

Plus I don't care how much fun tailgating is, that parking lot sucked ass.

 

Yeah, agreed. If Prudential Center weren't an option though, I think CAA could have definitely be made more viable, but yeah, that's another discussion haha... I love Pru Center.

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I saw a few Nets games after the Devils left. Like a lot of people here, it was the first stadium I regularly went to and will always have a soft spot for it. To me, it feels like it's been gone for almost a decade. It was almost eerie going in 2009 or 2010, whenever I was there last. I tend to romanticize demolished or unused major sports venues, though. It would be cool if the Devils did what the sixers did in 09 when they took down the spectrum and have one game there. Obviously it's a totally different situation and never would or could happen. Maybe we'll get a video montage or something next season.

From an architectural standpoint, good riddance. Nothing good was built in the middle of the twentieth century. At least not in this country.

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Funny...this thread made me flash back to my very first time I walked up to and then went inside Brendan Byrne Arena...I don't remember the exact date, but I know it was in 1981 (I was eleven).  We went to see the Nets (the Devils were still the Rockies at that point and were playing their final season in Colorado).  My dad sometimes took me and brother to Nets games when they were playing in the Rutgers Athletic Center (waiting for BBA to be completed), so he thought it would be fun to check out the new building...can't say I ever became a huge basketball fan (I don't follow basketball at all now), but it was always fun to just get out...when you're a kid, an event's an event.

 

Anyway, though my 11-year-old eyes, going to BBA that first time was kind of mind-blowing.  It just looked so clean and new...and felt so BIG!  I was too young to realize that some of its design elements were not good (especially having everyone spill out onto one concourse)...at that age, I just saw this huge, white, brand-new new building that felt very state-of-the-art and awesome in every way.  Hard to believe that was over 33 years ago.  Even though it's clearly a dated facility that can't hold a candle to modern ones like the Rock, I'll always have a soft spot for it.

 

I always thought the 1-concourse at Brendan Byrne was MUCH better than at the Coliseum.  It was much wider, so even though it was crowded, you didn't feel like you were packed in like sardines.  I always liked that arena, shame they couldn't do something with it.  

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I always thought the 1-concourse at Brendan Byrne was MUCH better than at the Coliseum. It was much wider, so even though it was crowded, you didn't feel like you were packed in like sardines. I always liked that arena, shame they couldn't do something with it.

I'll give you that it wasn't that narrow, but it could still get tight in a hurry. Food lines could get backed up very quickly at intermissions. Same with the rest rooms.

I kind of liked seeing a game during a sunny day...something about the sunlight coming in was kind of nice. It wasn't a great building by any stretch (and it WAS cavernous in the actual arena portion itself...hard to believe it didn't even have a center-ice scoreboard for many years, which only made it feel that much more huge), but I can't really say I had any major complaints about it either.

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I'll give you that it wasn't that narrow, but it could still get tight in a hurry.  Food lines could get backed up very quickly at intermissions.  Same with the rest rooms.

 

I kind of liked the fact seeing a game during a sunny day...something about the sunlight coming in was kind of nice.  It wasn't a great building by any stretch (and it WAS cavernous in the actual arena portion itself...hard to believe it didn't even have a center-ice scoreboard for many years, which only made it feel that much more huge), but I can't really say I had any major complaints about it either. 

 

I have faint memories of the arena without the center scoreboard as well.  I remember when I first went there all they had was 2 of those upper corner screens and that's it.  If you sat in the lower level on the near side to the screen you had zero chance of seeing anything.  Plus it had those colored seats based on the pricing tiers in the early days (gold near the boards, orange the rest of the lower level, etc).

 

That arena was just awful.  I am glad we are out of there.

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I found this line interesting from the below link:

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/izod_center_could_soon_close_report_says.html

"The two-year agreement calls for all future events currently scheduled for the Izod Center to be moved to the Prudential Center, effective Jan. 31."

That says to me in two years, it's conceivable to reopen in private hands. Maybe not, but it seems designed to keep the option open.

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I found this line interesting from the below link:

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/izod_center_could_soon_close_report_says.html

"The two-year agreement calls for all future events currently scheduled for the Izod Center to be moved to the Prudential Center, effective Jan. 31."

That says to me in two years, it's conceivable to reopen in private hands. Maybe not, but it seems designed to keep the option open.

 

I think they are hoping that Triple 5, the developer of the "money pit" mall, will purchase or lease the building and renovate it the way the Coliseum is being renovated.  There was some talk last year about them doing that, so this buys a few years for the mall construction to be completed before a decision needs to be made on the Arena's future.  It also stops the state from bleeding money from operating the facility. 

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I have faint memories of the arena without the center scoreboard as well.  I remember when I first went there all they had was 2 of those upper corner screens and that's it.  If you sat in the lower level on the near side to the screen you had zero chance of seeing anything.  Plus it had those colored seats based on the pricing tiers in the early days (gold near the boards, orange the rest of the lower level, etc).

 

That arena was just awful.  I am glad we are out of there.

 

Yeah, the original seating color scheme sure feels early '80s now. 

 

To me, the Spectrum was pretty awful.  Parts of MSG pre-renovation were pretty crappy too.  The old Cap Centre...yikes.  The BBA may have been kind of no-frills and a bit sterile, but I've seen much worse.  

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The one thing I hated about the BBA was the concourses were so small it felt like a cattle call getting out after a game.

 

I do love the size of the arena. I know it was rarely ever filled but its just fun seeing 19k in there.

 

http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199403050NJD.html

 

My first game that I ever went to. Got the tickets through the Catholic school group sale thing. Tried with the Nets agains the Warriors. Didn't hook me as much. Also I don't remember them doing Nets group fundraiser sales ever again. Did Devils a few years.

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Yeah, a renovation could go a long way. As an architect myself, if you remove the branding, the actual design of the place was super avant-guarde, way ahead of its time. There are not many designs like it around the world, if any, but the branding/color really took a sh!t on it.

ayy! Another archie. Where do you practice?
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The premise that Christie is closing Izod so Jerry Jones can makes few hundred thousand more dollars in concession $ from the Rock is astoundingly dumb and is lazy journalism that simply is taking a talking point from empty headed politicians. Thats's pocket change to guys like JJ.

Now, if you want to find a more plausible reason behind this weeks decision, look into Christie's relationship with Joe DiVincenzo (Essex Co. Exec), or a behind the scenes agreement with triple 5 to have them take over and renovate the arena to make it a part of their new complex after the 2 year moratorium ends.

And, by the way, you know who stands to make out much better than JJ in this whole deal? Harris, Blitzer and the taxpayers of the State of NJ. But why let facts get in the way of a good story, am I right?

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Saw Judas Priest, Marvel Super Heroes, and Disney on Ice there in the past year. Small crowds at each, so surprised that the arena has lasted so long in the middle of nowhere. They had to have been taking some huge losses over the years. I could only imagine had the Stevens era Devils played at the Rock how much money the franchise would have been worth.

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Saw Judas Priest, Marvel Super Heroes, and Disney on Ice there in the past year. Small crowds at each, 

Saw Priest there 4th row..................in '86. Think my ears are still ringing. Still listen to them, but some bands just gotta let it go.

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